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UFC 148: Forrest Griffin Will Dominate the Rubber Match vs. Tito Ortiz

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 21: Tito Ortiz (L) battles Forrest Griffin (R) during their Light Heavyweight Fight at the UFC 106 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Scott CarasikContributor IIJanuary 4, 2017

Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz have their third fight against each other at UFC 148. Griffin has continually improved in their fights and will dominate Ortiz in this one. 

Griffin and Ortiz are currently tied in their record against each other. Their first two fights were extremely close and decided by split decisions after going the distance. Griffin has wanted the rubber match since the last fight. He was quoted saying (h/t Damon Martin of MMA Weekly):

Tito was a great fight for me to come back, we’ll have to do a third that’s 1-1 man...You could tell he was a guy getting ready for Mark Coleman, no offense, and he’s a guy coming off back surgery. We’ll do it again, I won’t break my foot, he’ll be in better shape.

This one won't be as close. Griffin and Ortiz are both on the decline, but the University of Georgia graduate seems to have more left in his tank than the aging Ortiz does. Griffin has lost three of his last five fights, but Ortiz is on a nasty streak in his last eight fights, winning just one of them. Ortiz is a shell of the fighter he once was.

There are only so many hits a person can take to their head, and Ortiz has taken quite a few. Ortiz also has other commitments in his life, as he is married to former adult actress Jenna Jameson and has three kids as well. Ortiz has been quoted about his children (h/t Dave Deibert of The StarPhoenix):

I think the best thing of all is when you stand next to them, and they go, 'I love you, Dad.' That's probably the best thing in the world. That's the most gratifying thing in the world, knowing that they care about you that much and that's how much I care about them

The Huntington Beach Bad Boy has finally grown up. And him being grown up means that it's time for him to leave the fight game. The fight at UFC 148 will be the last one of his career, and it's only fitting that it will be against Griffin for a legendary rubber match.

Much like Gatti-Ward, this final fight of the trilogy will be dominated by the younger, better fighter, who will put the older one into retirement.

 

Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek and also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and is the host of Kvetching Draftniks Radio.

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